The Dean’s List.

June 1, 2010 - Leave a Response

The Dean’s List – Kardashian. Download HERE.

The Dean’s List – I’ll Be Okay. Download HERE.

The fact that the new class of hip hop is coming from increasingly educated backgrounds is undeniable. Whether you love it or hate it, blame the internet.

The discovery of hip hop is no longer restricted to hand-to-hand exchanges of mixtapes or serendipitously walking by a boombox on full blast.

College campuses have become incredible meeting grounds for talented artists, producers and other musicphiles alike to link up and create the very songs that you find yourself bobbing your head to.

Enter The Dean’s List.

The Boston-based group is on its grind and we’re more than happy to tip our hats to them.

Made up of DJ Mendoza, Sonny Shotz, Mik Beats and Jordan Brown, TDL boasts a rather impressive repertoire that we have trouble finding any problems with.

Whether you’re a fan of their production, cunning wordplay or diversity that probably has many members of the United Nations smiling, let’s all agree on one thing …

We like them.

Introduced by KnowThisByNow.com and now, approved by you.

This process couldn’t get any easier.

You should know this by now.

BaboNas – Prolly Know Me From the Rap (Wale vs. Aloe Blacc).

May 29, 2010 - One Response

BaboNas – Prolly Know Me From the Rap (Wale vs. Aloe Blacc). Download HERE.

Okay. Pooping on you one last time.

Sorry.

You should know this by now.

Kanye West – Power (Ft. Dwele).

May 29, 2010 - Leave a Response

Kanye West – Power (Ft. Dwele). Download HERE.

I’m on the other side of the world but feel as if I’d be letting you all down if I didn’t post this.

It’s absolutely pooping on the blogosphere right now. Now, you too, have been pooped on.

You should know this by now.

Freddie Gibbs – The Ghetto (Video).

May 13, 2010 - Leave a Response

Freddie Gibbs, one of the XXL 2010 Freshman 10, drops his video called “The Ghetto.”

The video is well worth a watch, but if that doesn’t motivate you, then just throw your headphones on, vibe to Gangsta’ Gibbs’ smooth flow and let his lyrics bring you to “The Ghetto.”

You should know this by now.

DJ Homicide – The Hangover.

May 5, 2010 - 2 Responses

DJ Homicide – The Hangover. Download HERE.

Damn it. We really wanted to wait till Friday night to post this track.

Unfortunately for us, beers completely trump willpower. Fortunately for you, you get to listen to this golden little nugget Thursday night AND Friday night AND Saturday night as you pregame/party.

Some of you may try turning this on while you all are at work.

Just don’t be surprised when everyone’s dancing around the office naked and no work’s getting done.

We wouldn’t advise you to do anything that we haven’t already tried ourselves. That’s why Senor Reyes and Z-Silly have come up with a three-step process for optimal enjoyment of the track above.

1) Press play.

2) Watch this video on mute and dance accordingly.

3) Please don’t dance like that.

Thank us later.

You should know this by now.

Chiddy Bang – Pass Out (Video).

May 5, 2010 - Leave a Response

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Chiddy Bang – Pass Out

Chiddy Bang… We’ve decided that, we “like you, like you.”

Check out Chiddy Bang’s rendition of Tinie Tempah’s “Pass Out.” While the original is already a great track, you can’t deny that our boys Xaphoon & Proto absolutely murdered this track. We’re talking Game 1  – Hawks vs. Magic murdered. Get ready for their album which is slated to drop late this summer. We’ll keep you updated.

Shout out to NUE Agency for letting us know about this one.

You should know this by now.

Theophilus London – I Want You [Mixtape].

April 30, 2010 - Leave a Response

You may or not remember Theophilus London’s last mixtape This Charming Mixtape.

Regardless, our favorite Brooklynite has just released his latest mixtape, I Want You.

Hosted by NYC’s Downtown Sweetheart, Va$tie, this highly anticipated mixtape has been on people’s minds ever since Theophilus London started tickling our fancy with “Life Of A Lover,” “A Stranger’s Heart” & “Soles of Fire.”

After teasing us worst than Roethlisberger’s favorite sorority girl, the mixtape finally dropped and we can’t help but think to ourselves that Theophilus London, is a star.

Including reworks of popular songs such as Ellen Goulding’s “Starry Eyed,” Tweet’s “Oops,” and Vampire Weekend’s “Giving Up The Gun,” (and some more tracks that we can’t put our finger on), the rest of the mixtape contains London’s typical concoction of 80’s heavy synths, African drum beats, rap-tronica, live instruments, dope lyrics, and smooth crooning.

Was that a bit complicated? What can we say, Theophilus London is the epitome of complicated…

and complicated has never sounded so good.

Theophilus London – Life Of A Lover

Theophilus London – Soles Of Fire (Chauffeur)

Download the mixtape HERE.

Check the jump for the tracklist + artwork.

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Drake – Far From Over Mixtape.

April 28, 2010 - Leave a Response

Drake – Overdose.

Drake – Mambo (Ft. Fito Blanko)

Drake – Where Were You (Ft. Colin Munroe)

We got you.

Download the mixtape HERE.

You should know this by now.

Diggy Simmons – Diggy What.

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Diggy Simmons – Diggy What. Download HERE.

Has Diggy started drinking the family Kool Aid or does this swag just come with puberty?

(If it’s the former, his older brother JoJo needs to start chugging immediately. His group Team Blackout was the epitome of FAIL.)

The 15-year-old son of Rap’s Family deserves a tip of the hat. Since the release of the video for his “Made You Look Freestyle,” everyone’s been eagerly waiting to see what he does next.

With this quick retouch of Jay-Z’s “N**** What,” Dig shows us that he’s headed in the right direction.

The track above is just one of many that will be featured on young Simmons’ next mixtape. Now, do yourself a favor and watch the video below (after the jump).

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Game – Ain’t No Doubt About It (Ft. Timberlake & Pharrell).

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Game – Ain’t No Doubt About It (Ft. Timberlake & Pharrell). Download HERE.

This song’s like GQ mingling with XXL Magazine.

It’s like SoHo hanging out with the Bronx.

The equivalent of ordering foie grois with your country fried steak.

Alright, alright. You get it. This track is the first single off of Game’s The R.E.D. Album.

You should know this by now.

Eminem – Despicable Freestyle.

April 27, 2010 - Leave a Response

Eminem – Despicable Freestyle. Download HERE.

To be completely honest with you, we’ve kind of missed Em.

Not because he’s been gone … but because he just didn’t have that fire we grew up respecting. Even though his last album, Relapse, debuted at number one, ended up selling almost 2 million domestic copies and ultimately got him two Grammys, we thought there was something missing.

Then he came along by making an appearance on Drake’s “FOREVER” track to shut us the hell up.

The freestyle above has got us excited again. While he may not have anything to prove to any of us, it’s good to see that he’s keeping the ball rolling.

Note: in case you didn’t notice, Marshall lays down some fire over the beats to Drake’s “Over” and Lloyd Banks’ “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”

You should know this by now.

Tyga – G-Shit (Ft. Chris Brown).

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Tyga – G-Shit (Ft. Chris Brown). Download HERE.

These two 20-year-olds must have the freshest fake IDs in the business. Put those solo cups down, kids. Especially you, CB.

Kidding.

It simply warms our hearts when the East and West come together like this. Virginia-born Chris Brown links up with Compton-bred Tyga for the track/video above.

This is most definitely a summer jam, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll be sure to bump it while we’re at Yacht Week.

Note: Taz Arnold’s fashion label Ti$a Vi$ion is getting a lot of noticeable exposure as of late. You’ll notice Chris Brown rocking the white vintage Adidas jacket in the video above.

Ever wonder why all of these musicians were getting THIS embroidered on their clothes? (i.e. Big Sean, Diggy Simmons)

Blame Taz.

You should know this by now.

This Is How You Have Yourself A Cry.

April 26, 2010 - Leave a Response

Rumor has it that this was the same reaction T-Pain’s father gave when he saw his wife pop out a baby rocking Oakley shades and a top hat out from between her legs.

Wait for the 0:16 mark. Trust us.

And if you haven’t seen the original, you need to see it. You’ll appreciate it so much more. Watch it HERE.

You should know this by now.

Badio – Kiss the Sky.

April 26, 2010 - One Response


Badio – Kiss the Sky (Prod. by TrakGirl). Download HERE.

We’re going to be 100% with you and admit the fact that we have NO IDEA who Badio (pronounced “bad-e-oh”) is.

Hold on, hold on. We’re not done.

Allow us to be 1,000% with you and promise the fact that when we find out more … we’re all about to have a new favorite rapper. It’s incredible how you can point out a future star within 20 seconds of first hearing a song.

Hailing from Woodbridge, VA, it looks like Badio is currently running the books over at the University of Arizona. The young artist’s MySpace reads:

I’m addicted to success, I drink 40s. I like jockey boxer-briefs and V-necks and I’d die if I wasn’t making music.

Sounds like we’re going to get along just fine.

Get excited, Badio. We’re about to make you famous.

Then again …

You should know this by now.

Lupe Fiasco – Love Letter to the Beat & Horn Synth.

April 26, 2010 - Leave a Response

Lupe Fiasco – Love Letter to the Beat (Ft. Alicia Keys). Download HERE.

Lupe Fiasco – Horn Synth (Ft. Pharrell) SNIPPET. Download HERE.

Sounds like the first of these two was actually set to release with Keys’ album As I Am back in 2007. Produced by Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D., the track was swept under the rug and finally released over the weekend.

Both of these songs are rumored to make the final cut for Lupe’s upcoming album, LASERS.

Here’s to the hardest working man on tour right now.

Moreover, here’s to the hardest working blog on the internets right now!

You should know this by now.